Director of the Early Learning Centre
Aspengrove School is inviting applications for the position of Director of the Early Learning Centre (ELC).
Aspengrove School is an independent, co-educational day school located in Nanaimo, BC on beautiful Vancouver Island. We are an International Baccalaureate Continuum school that serves students from pre-K to grade 12. As a small school (approximately 280 students) with a dedicated faculty and staff, we provide a teaching, learning and working environment that is collaborative and innovative. Our teachers and staff believe that at Aspengrove “they have the freedom to make decisions around creativity and innovation, and they have an influence on the growth of the school.” Aspengrove School is a place where the community works together to create a positive culture through an environment of mutual respect and commitment to excellence.
This is a .8 FTE position reporting to the Principal of the Primary Years Division with a start date of August 10, 2020. This is a temporary, six month contract with the possibility of extension.
This ideal applicant must be an Early Childhood Educator who is qualified by education and experience and has the personal attributes to operate a community care facility in a manner that will promote the highest level of health, safety and education of children. The Director is responsible for the daily operations of the ELC, leading the educator team and developing positive student, parent and community partnerships.
Aspengrove School’s Junior Kindergarten IB programme and Out of School Care programs are governed by the Vancouver Island Health Authority under the provisions of the Community Care and Assistant Living Act and Regulations. Our Early Learning programs focus on the whole child, while offering a variety of early learning experiences in a secure, positive and nurturing school environment. Aspengrove School is committed to a Junior Kindergarten 3 & 4 IB programme that is intellectually stimulating for each child with a curriculum rooted in the Primary Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate.
- ECE licence to practice.
- Administration & human resources skills.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Operating knowledge of technology to support all functions of the Centre.
- Minimum of 5 years child care field experience.
- Proficient in organization and time management.
- Knowledge of VIHA child care licensing regulations.
- Collaborative and open-minded leadership approach.
- Self-directed and motivated.
- Plan and assess developmentally appropriate activities and experiences in harmony with the Junior Kindergarten IB programme philosophy and the teaching team.
- Establish a daily schedule that incorporates child-directed activity, care routines, and transition times.
- Provide (through planning, purchasing and organizing) equipment, materials and space to support the delivery of the program and the teaching team.
- Ensure the program provides an integrated curriculum that meets the needs of individual children.
- Ensure all programs are delivered while providing experiences and play materials that actively promote anti-racist and non-sexist interactions and attitudes.
- Create the daily/weekly timetable, schedule and staffing to ensure smooth delivery of the program and appropriate teacher/student ratios.
- Manage the Centre budget to ensure sound financial oversight.
- Work with the Director of Admissions and the teaching team to recruit and retain students to the maximum capacity of the Centre.
- Take an active role in Open Houses, school tours and assessments of prospective students.
- Work with the teaching team to ensure each child is supported according to their level of development and in keeping with the resources available at the Centre.
- Communicate regularly with families.
- Work with the Head of School to ensure the Centre is sufficiently and appropriately staffed to deliver the program.
- Attend leadership team meetings as required.
- In collaboration with the Principal, PYP, plan and attend professional development days for the ELC teaching team and the PYP teaching team.
Ensure positive communication with families:
- Meet with potential families to have an intake meeting accessing the family’s needs and possible enrolment.
- Organize and implement with families their child’s observation visit.
- Inform families of the Junior Kindergarten School’s policies and requirements.
- Accommodate the parent’s instructions for daily care routines when possible.
- Offers support to parents for dealing with children at different developmental stages.
- Encourage parents to participate in the programme when possible.
- Contribute to the ongoing operation of the Junior Kindergarten School:
- Meet all licensing requirements.
- Maintain confidentiality of all information related to child care; including the child, their parents and staff.
- Keep up to date with early childhood education and advocacy developments.
- Maintain regular attendance and punctuality.
- Recording and communicating any concerns to the Director about the children, parents, other staff, environment or any issues that may arise.
- Attend team meetings within your programme on a regular basis.
- Meet with the Head of School, office administration and PYP coordinator as necessary.
- Attend to paperwork from your programme on a monthly basis.
- Inform the head of school and school reception when ill.
Maintain a commitment to professionalism:
- Promote & support the Junior Kindergarten School’s philosophy and code of ethics.
- Engage in ongoing staff development to improve personal and professional skills.
- Support the professional growth and development of colleagues by sharing materials and info and provide helpful feedback and encouragement.
- Attend team meetings, workshops and in-service training provided by the centre.
Personal qualities and special job characteristics:
- Must be able to perform job as an Early Childhood Educator (able to lift children, and equipment; able to stoop, bend, sit, and stand for extended periods of time).
- Must have a warm, caring, supportive attitude towards children.
- Must be reliable.
- Needs to be flexible in assignments and changes in programme.
- Able to accept feedback in order to improve work performance.
- Understand and communicate the school’s vision, mission and values.
- Be willing to perform other duties as required.
Please submit cover letter, resume and three references to Jenny Christenson, firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Wednesday, August 5th.